STIFF film circleTHE STIFF FILM CIRCLE is a discursive segment of the International Film Festival. Aside from reinforcing professional growth of the young film lovers, it also educates and raises future festival audiences.

The goal of the STIFF FILM CIRCLE  is to open the public space towards a dialogue that extends outside the institutions i.e. the “safe zone” of the University – and to create a fresh, neutral space for learning through practice, communication and cooperation. The four main discursive programmes within the STIFF FILM CIRCLE are: On-the-field education, After screening discussion panels, the Film Critic Workshop and STIFF On the Road.

Within the educational programmes titled “On-the-field education”, STIFF’s administrative team is leading the students through specific activities which come as part of the festival itself: job roles such as PR, social media management, creation of subtitles, translation, design, hospitality and working with special guests, as well as public presentation – are all offered to students for volunteer participation. This is a way for students to connect, learn new skills, socialise and have fun while creating the festival and until it becomes their own.

After screening discussion panels intent to tackle certain contemporary issues, touching on themes of sexuality, identity, education, politics. These late night talks are curated and moderated by Greta Grakalić-Rački, Petra Bezjak and Natalija Stefanović. Joined by their special guests they open the discussion towards the audiences.

Film Critic Writing Workshop taught by prof. Dejan Duric takes the participants through samples of film criticism texts, problematizing the structure and types of film criticism writing and finally lets them apply their new knowledge and skills, while writing about films from STIFF programme for that year.